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In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks about how to name your car, and WHY you even should. She shares the long history of naming vehicles, as well as her personal reasons for why everyone should name their car. She also shares her personal methodology for deciding on the perfect name for your car that she has used to name her…
 
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks about 7 new vehicles (all SUVs) making their debut for the 2021 model year, including the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, the 2021 Toyota Venza, the 2021 Kia Seltos, the 2021 Genesis GV80, the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer and the 2021 Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport.…
 
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick discusses 5 of her biggest car shopping pet peeves that will cost you valuable time and money. If these things annoy HER, you know they will drive you crazy. Worse, they can cost you to lose thousands of dollars when buying a car. So tune in to learn how to avoid these car shopping frustrations…
 
What can (and does) happen to your car when it just "sits" for extended periods of time? How do you store it properly, so it doesn't cost you an arm and a leg when you are ready to drive it again? Tune into this episode of "The Straight Shift" to learn the most common problems that occur when cars are stored improperly, even for a few weeks, and ho…
 
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick gives you the scoop on the upcoming, fully redesigned 2021 Toyota Sienna minivan. Why is this minivan a game changer? Why does it look like something out of the Jetsons? Is it really a hybrid? What first ever feature will make parents' lives easier? And why is The Car Chick so excited about a m…
 
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick explains what your car's VIN number means and how to decode it to discover hidden information about your vehicle. Did you know that some VINs contain real words? The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid's VIN spells out "FART"! Yeah, we laughed too.By The Car Chick
 
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick gives her top picks for the best cars for moms that are NOT a minivan, including the Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Subaru Ascent, 2020 Toyota Highlander, Audi Q7, Subaru Foreser, Mazda X-5, Toyota RAV4, and Hyundai Santa Fe.By The Car Chick
 
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks about how to stay home and stay safe and still buy a car during Coronavirus. She also talks with auto detailing expert, John Stephens (a.k.a. Swirl Killer) of Carolinas Finest Detailing, about how to clean and sanitize your car.By The Car Chick
 
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks about how the Coronavirus outbreak is affecting the US automotive industry now, and how it may impact it over the next several months. What is the impact to the availability of cars, trucks, SUVs, minivans, and hybrids as well as the availability of car parts? How will new car and used ca…
 
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks about the difference between women and men in the car buying process. Using deeply researched industry data, she shares statistics on the different ways in which women and men approach car research, buying decisions and deal negotiations. What brands of vehicles are more popular with men …
 
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks about 3 effects that electric vehicles will have on the US economy that may not be good. Will you be affected? The Car Chick also shares some fun experiences from the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, including filming the season 1 finale of her TV show, "Rust Rescue". (Stream the full season …
 
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks about 7 exciting new and redesigned SUVs that are hitting the market for the 2020 model year, including the 2020 Hyundai Palisade (and Kia Telluride), the 2020 Hyundai Venue, the 2020 Audi Q8, the 2019 and 2020 BMW X7, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC as well as the fully redesigned 2020 Toyota…
 
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick breaks down exactly how new car incentives really work. What are the different types of new car incentives, such as rebates, low APRs and leasing incentives? How do know which incentives you qualify for? Is it better to take the rebate or the low APR? And how can new car incentives be used to m…
 
Holy exploding sunroofs, Batman! In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks about the crazy phenomenon of exploding sunroofs. It's NOT just an urban myth! It's a real safety concern that has plagued over 200 different make and model vehicles around the globe. And it's getting WAY WORSE! Tune into find out why and to learn if YOUR …
 
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks about extended car warranties. What are the different types of extended car warranties? How do extended car warranties work? What should you look for and what questions should you ask when buying an extended warranty? How do you avoid extended car warranty scams? And, most importantly, ar…
 
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks all about recalls. What constitutes a recall on a car? How are recalls issued? How do you know if your car has an open recall? What should you do if there is a recall on your car? She also tells the truth about two of the largest and most expensive recalls in history.…
 
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks about the how to sell your car privately to an individual instead of to a dealership. She gives you tips on how to get the most money for your car, how to avoid scams, and how to safely handle the test drive, paperwork and exchange of money.…
 
In this episode of The Straight Shift, The Car Chick talks with special guest, Crystal Snow, The Car Kween about her Car Kweens Association, a non-profit dedicated to helping women pursue their dreams in the auto industry through sponsorships, replacement parts, continuing education and driver training courses. They also talk about the upcoming Fas…
 
In this episode of The Straight Shift, The Car Chick talks about the "Prius Tax" - alternatives to the gas tax, including fees for registering hybrid and electric vehicle and mileage-based tax systems, that the US governments is considering (and in some cases has already implemented) to help pay for our crumbling road, highway and bridge infrastruc…
 
In this episode of The Straight Shift, The Car Chick talks with consumer rights attorney, Steve Moskos of Moskos Law Firm about Yo-Yo scams (Yo-Yo Transactions), also known as Spot Delivery Scams. Steve talks about how to avoid a yo yo scam and what to do if you have been a victim of a yo yo scam or spot delivery scam.…
 
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks about the harsh reality and specific challenges of buying a cheap used car - that is, a used car under $5,000. Learn what to look for, where to look, what to avoid and how to find that diamond in the rough. Plus, learn how you can get The Car Chick's Pre-Purchase Inspection Checklist FREE…
 
Did you know that women pay, on average, $1,000 more for the same car than men? In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks with social science expert and co-author of the book, "Women Don't Ask", about why women are often uncomfortable with negotiating, the high cost of avoiding negotiation, and how we can learn to be more effecti…
 
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks about the do's and don't's of leasing. What is leasing? How does it work? Is leasing a good idea or a bad idea? What are the benefits to leasing? What are the risks? What cars are good to lease? What types of people are good lease candidates? What can you do if you are over your miles on …
 
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks about whether or not you should buy an extended warranty, gap insurance, pre-paid maintenance plans or any of the other stuff the dealer tries to sell you in the finance office. Are they worth the cost or are you just wasting money?By The Car Chick
 
In this episode of The Straight Shift, The Car Chick talks with special guest, Lianne Hofer, The Clutter Consultant about how to keep your car organized, clean and clutter-free! Whether you have kids, you are in sales and live in your car, or you are going on a road trip, these tips will keep your car from becoming the automotive equivilent of the …
 
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks about the affect of storms like Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma on the used car market. She also gives her top tips for how to avoid buying a flood car. National Motor Vehicle Title Information System database = www.VehicleHistory.gov The Car Chick's Hurricane Impa…
 
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick explains what is meant by the octane number of gasoline and why it's critical to use the right type of gas in your vehicle. Does using Premium gas give more power or better gas mileage? Is it "better" for your car? The Car Chick dispels many of the myths around gasoline to save you money. She a…
 
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